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HYDERABAD : Mild tension prevailed in Hyderabad near Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s (KCR) camp office, Pragathi Bhavan, on Monday as Congress leaders who tried to enter it were taken into custody by the police. Anticipating trouble from the grand old party, which gave a call to lay ‘siege’ Pragathi Bhavan a day earlier, the police heightened security in and around the area (Begumpet), even checking hotels.

The most dramatic arrest however was of Congress leader and member of parliament from the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat A. Revanth Reddy’s, who managed to give the cops posted outside his house a slip and reached KCR’s camp office on Monday afternoon and held a small protest before being whisked away.

Senior Congress leader and former Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwer Reddy said his house in Hyderabad was under also police surveillance.

Apart from him, many other Congress leaders, who tried reaching Pragathi Bhavan were arrested by the police. They were protesting against the state government for not holding talks with unions of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, which have been leading an indefinite strike since 5 October.

All this transpired on a day when the Huzurnagar assembly segment bye-election also was also held. The poling, over 70%, was peaceful as no untoward incidents were reported from the district (Suryapet). It was necessitated after sitting MLA and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned as he successfully contested and won from the Nalgonda parliamentary seat during the 2019 general elections.

His wife Padmavathi Reddy was given the Congress ticket, while the TRS fielded Sanampudi Saidireddy, who lost the seat during the 2018 state elections by a margin of over 7,000 votes. The bye-election is seen by as a prestige issue between KCR and Congress leaders.

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